Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Results GQ3: Mexican Standoff - Round 5

Another round, another surprise for me in terms of which songs are simple and which ones are hard. Hmm...sounds like a lost verse from "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", so I'll move right along to the songs:
  • Song 161: Dio - We Rock. Look Out! The Sky is falling DOWN!! The one, the only, the world's tallest little person - Ronnie James Dio. Really kewl tune from "The Last In Line", an album no record collection should be without.
  • Song 162: Herman's Hermits - No Milk Today. Considering the absolute classic this is, imagine my surprise when everyone didn't find this. I even snuck in the vocal melody into the bass line in the bridge by way of a monster hint. Oh, freakin' well.
  • Song 163: Katrina And The Waves/KC And The Sunshine Band - Walkin' On Sunshine. Like ohmigawd this song is annoying. What might have thrown you all off is the fact that I played the horn section using harmonized guitar....still; this song absolutely, unequivocally sucks. Dragostea Din Tei on a shoe-string budget.
  • Song 164: Rainbow - Since You've Been Gone. Classic rock tune from the Graham Bonnet era of Rainbow. Bonnet went on to front Alcatrazz, a band which also sported a certain Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar, and later Steve Vai. The "Live Sentence" album has a fantastic version of "Since You've Been Gone", with a more - shall we say - intense guitar solo. Checketh it out today.
  • Song 165: Eagle-Eye Cherry - Save Tonight. Believe it or not, the strumming and chord changes in this tune really haul ass.
So; we have the following Score For Round 5:
  1. Anders (5 points)
  2. Cathy/Pigeon/Sondre/Torbjørn (4 points)
  3. ...
  4. ...
  5. ...
  6. Marius (0 points)
The Total Score
now looks like this:
  1. Cathy (33 points)
  2. Anders (26 points)
  3. Pigeon/Sondre (tied at 25 points)
  4. ...
  5. Torbjørn (18 points)
  6. Marius (13 points)
Congrats to Anders and Cathy
and good luck with Round 6!

11 comments:

Torbjørn said...

I'm just happy that I didn't get the Katarina song correct. Would have been devastating for my image.

Wilhelm said...

...as well you should be

..and you're telling me? I'm the schmuck who recorded it :-(

Anders said...

I'm the schmuck who recorded it :-(

Oh, it could have been worse, Wilhelm. It's not like you've recorded a Gloria Gaynor cover or something. Oh, wait...

That didn't came out right, let me try that again, let me try that again:
Oh, it could have been worse, Wilhelm. It's not like you've recorded a Justin Timberlake cover or something. That would have been really embarrasing.
...
Whoops. That was the first quiz!

Ok, ok. I know I can do this right:
Oh, it could have been worse, Wilhelm. It's not like you've recorded a Ricky Martin song.

There. Finally! At least you have a tiny (nano-?) grain of self-esteem left in you, and won't sink to that level. I'll give you that!

Anders said...

Mmmh. Where's pigeon? He's usually quick to comment these quiz results. At least he was quick the last round.

Anders said...

Oh, wait. Now I see why he's late. He didn't win this round...

Wilhelm said...

..could be worse dude....I could be looking for one big paycheck playing with Clapton on "Riding With The King"

..and is it me or does your argument resemble Rodney Dangerfield material? :-)

"If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all", etc..

Wilhelm said...

...and are you planning on reciprocating the humility and grace with which Pigeon presented himself following his win in the previous round, Anders?

Anders said...

...and are you planning on reciprocating the humility and grace with which Pigeon presented himself following his win in the previous round, Anders?

No, no. Cathy is still queen of the castle, and I'm still aiming for third. But it's kinda cute when the blogs own little hummingbird puffs himself up and makes some noise.

Anders said...

If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all

Hey, that almost sounded like a blues tune. Have you considered writing some more lyrics and record it? Maybe with a flying V or something?

Anders said...

..could be worse dude....I could be looking for one big paycheck playing with Clapton on "Riding With The King"

It could have been even worse, you could have been recording with U2...
(Hint: Rattle and Hum. Get it?)

Seriously, why is that artists which have a pretty decent output on their own, get sucked into the soft pop formate of Clapton when they record with him? Happened to BB and now recently with JJ Cale. Compared to Ry Cooder's (yeah, I know that's might even worse in your opinion, Wilhelm) Buena Vista Club or even Bruce Springsteen's The Seeger Sessions, where there are a more give and take attitude, and the result is something new and exciting that has trademark features from all artists.

And that's coming from me, who actually think that Eric Clapton got some good songs and posses above average guitar skills.

Wilhelm said...

But it's kinda cute when the blogs own little hummingbird puffs himself up and makes some noise.

:-)

Hey, that almost sounded like a blues tune. Have you considered writing some more lyrics and record it? Maybe with a flying V or something?

...sure; no problem. Do you volunteer for vocal duties?

Hint: Rattle and Hum. Get it?)

...pretty accurate description of Clappo's guitar sound there, champ

And that's coming from me, who actually think that Eric Clapton got some good songs and posses above average guitar skills.

..technically, all that tells us is that the average guitarist in your record collection resides in the lower skill percentile :-)

To comment on your question though; wouldn't it be a reasonable assumption to state that Clapton is more known for his commercial sensibility than for his hard-core blues, and that for a record company to go through the red tape and overall hassle - not to mention cost - of having two artists from separate labels perhaps do one album, it would have to be a potential revenue at the end of the rainbow?